|03-21-2003, 08:12 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Craggy Island
Local Time: 08:17 AM
The Art of War
I must admit, I was preparing myself for something really big to start this war.
In the weeks leading up to this, we heard over and over again, that the 'shock and awe' portion of this war was going to be devastating. 6000 smartbombs, 700 cruise missles, and a massive invasion never seen before on this planet. The President, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, everyone, saying this over and over again in the media.
Refer to Sun Tzu's Art of war # 18 and 19:
It's amazing to me how thoughtfully planned and prepared our forces are to get the greatest gain, with the least amount of loss of life on both sides.
Not to say that the onslaught isn't coming - as with everything we've had to do with Saddam, we must still pose the threat. It's the only way in dealing with Saddam.
But the foreknowledge of Saddam's location and the opportunity to surgically strike has made all the difference. A Republican Guard commander is much more likely to surrender without fear of reprisal from Saddam.
Starting in the early 90's, we started to cut way back on the CIA/DIA/NIMA budgets - now we realize what a mistake that was and how extremely valuable those organizations are. It's those organizations that make our smart bombs 'smart'.
Hopefully, we've won this war before it ever really got started.
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